Tragic Suicide in URR Highlights Mental Health Struggles


By: Alieu Ceesay

In a heart-wrenching incident, Abdoulie Sowe, a resident of Sare Cherino village in Jimara, Upper River Region (URR) of The Gambia took his own life by hanging in a suicide incident confirmed by the Police Public Relations Officer.

Abdoulie, known to be grappling with mental health challenges, had been missing for several days before the devastating discovery of his lifeless body in the bush.

According to Momodou Sisawo, the Public Relations Officer of the Gambia Police Force, there will be no further investigation into the matter due to the individual’s mental health condition.

“We were notified to investigate the matter; the police and the CID went there with medical personnel who also conducted a medical assessment on the body. The police did not pursue further investigation, as surrounding evidence does not suggest any foul play. Medics advised that the deceased be handed over to the family,” he informed TAT.

Demba Sowe, a family member of the deceased, linked the suicide to the mental status of Abdoulie.

This tragic event sheds light on the urgent need for increased awareness and support for mental health issues within our communities. The circumstances surrounding Abdoulie’s struggle emphasize the importance of fostering an environment where those facing mental health challenges feel safe seeking help and receive necessary support.

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